Ravens Advance to Region Tournament in Topeka

April 26, 2014

For the first time since 2010, the Ravens advance to the the Region VI Tournament. This year's tourney will be held at Topeka's Hummer Park.

For the first time since 2010, the Ravens advance to the the Region VI Tournament. This year's tourney will be held at Topeka's Hummer Park.

The Coffeyville Red Ravens swept the Dodge City Conquistadors on Saturday at Dodge City in a best of three first round region playoff series. With the wins, the Ravens advance to the Region VI Tournament on May 3-4 at Hummer Park in Topeka.

Coffeyville won the first game against Dodge City 10-3 and completed the sweep with an 11-8 win in the nightcap.

In the first game, the Ravens scored six runs in the top of the first inning to take a commanding lead. Shiloh Blockburger capped off the first inning explosion with a grand slam. Dodge City got single runs in the first and second inning to cut the Ravens lead to 6-2. Kourtney Herrera got one of the runs back for the Ravens with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning to make it 7-2 Coffeyville.

The big bat of Shiloh Blockburger would give the Ravens an even bigger lead in the top of the fifth. After Halie Liggett reached on an error, Blockburger connected on her second homer of the game, this time a two run shot that gave the Ravens a 9-2 lead.

Dodge City got a run in their half of the fifth to make it 9-3. Coffeyville would get the run back on Liggett's lead off homer in the top of the seventh that made it 10-3 Coffeyville.

ShyAnne Wells went the distance in the first game to get the win for the Ravens. Wells allowed three earned runs on nine hits.

In game two, Dodge City took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Coffeyville tied the game with two runs of their own in the top of the second. Leeze Enfield singled home Kayla Manzanares and Tara Malaske to knot the score at 2-2.

Coffeyville would momentarily take the lead with two more runs in the top of the third. Halie Liggett singled home the Ravens first run of the inning, and Shiloh Blockburger followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 4-2 Ravens.

Dodge City rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third to retake the lead at 6-4. The Conquistadors' lead was short-lived.

Ashley Rankin and Shiann Wickham led off the Ravens' fourth with back-to-back singles. After Kourtney Herrera made the first out, Mykah Meador singled to load the bases for the Ravens. A passed ball allowed Rankin to score to cut Dodge City's lead to 6-5 and advancing the remaining two runners into scoring position. Kayla Manzanares doubled home those runners, Wickham and Meador respectively, and giving the Ravens the lead at 7-6.

Tara Malaske followed with a double to score Manzanares. Liggett then hammered a two run homer and by the time the dust had settled, the Ravens had a six run fourth inning and a 10-6 lead.

Dodge City got a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 10-7, but the Ravens answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Mykah Meador ripped a single that scored Shiann Wickham from second and moving the Ravens lead to 11-7.

Dodge City made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning. A lead off homer cut the Ravens' lead to 11-8. The homer was followed by back-to-back singles that put the tying run at the plate for Dodge City with no outs. However, ShyAnne Wells was brought into the game and she got the final three outs to preserve the Ravens 11-8 win.

Shyanne Downing started and went the first 2 1/3 innings for Coffeyville. Holland Turner followed in relief and allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings. Turner got the win with Wells earning the save.

Two teams out of the NJCAA Region VI will advance to the national tournament. By virtue of their ninth seed in the final region standings, the Ravens have been assigned to play in the District D side of the bracket, one of four teams playing in that particular district.  Four additional region teams have been assigned to District E and one of those teams will also advance to the national tournament. If that makes sense to you, then consider yourself an NJCAA softball qualifier expert.

The other teams in the Ravens' district include Johnson County, Labette and Cowley. Those four teams will play a double elimination tournamnet on May 3-4 with the winner advancing to the NJCAA national tournament.

The Ravens will play Johnson County at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, for their first game. In the second game at 12 noon, Labette will face Cowley. The losers of the first two games match up in an elimination game at 2 p.m. The two winners will also play at 2 p.m. in a winner's bracket match-up.

Region VI Softball Tournament Website